Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival made its’ way to Canada, held in Whistler August 23-26. This festival offered amazing yoga, there were new up and coming instructors, and the well seasoned. There were bands, and DJ’s for evening concerts as well as musicians to play in the yoga classes. This was the first time it was held in Canada and by the positive feedback it looks as though it will be here again next year.
We offer you two peoples experiences as well as some photos to entice you for next year.
Shauna Nyrose writes:
The Secret to Success as a Yoga Teacher
[dropcap]The first ever Wanderlust festival in Canada was held in Whistler this past weekend and what a weekend it was. It’s a beautiful thing when a bunch of yogi’s come together in the mountains to celebrate a way of being in the world that is routed in love and community. I planned my itinerary carefully, ensuring I was getting a delicious sample platter of some of the best American and Canadian yoga teachers, in the hopes that I could somehow figure out what makes them unique, memorable and successful in transforming their students practice. And then I could do that stuff too. You might think it is in the exquisite sequencing of Meghan Currie, or brilliant alignment and a magnetic style, like Chris Chavez. Maybe it is the ability to move a crowd of hundreds to tears with affirmations of joy, personal power and one love, like Seane Corn. Or, it is living, breathing, loving, practicing, smelling, hearing and seeing yoga in everything, like Ryan Leir. Man it was a good festival! But you know, it was Amy Ippoliti’s very practical workshop, 90 Minutes to Change the World, that lit the way to the secret to success as a yoga teacher.[/dropcap]
Alignment, sequencing, style, personality, commitment to the ancient teachings, personal practice… this list goes on. All of these qualities have made those teachers great. But the fundamental difference between good, even great teachers, and successful ones? The successful ones see themselves as professionals. Yeah, I know. Woah. But seriously, they take their work, well, seriously! They are prepared, they are neat and clean in appearance, they teach the class they are supposed to teach. They set clear, measurable career goals and then take both spiritual and practical approach to fulfilling them. They build community by giving back to it. They respect their students. They do not shy away from putting value on their service (yes, this means making a profit so that you can do more than just buy organic produce) and in doing so, recognize that they have a responsibility to deliver something of value in return. They build their brand! Not in a cheezy ‘I’m going to set up a Facebook page and hope people LIKE me’ way, but by knowing their strengths and translating them into a professional marketing platform that is rooted in authenticity. And most importantly, they recognize that a 200hr teaching training (or more!) certificate and an organic desire to share their knowledge, does not necessarily make them good business people.
So, if you are a yoga teacher, new or otherwise, and struggling to build your classes, or you want MORE students, or you would like to do privates, workshops, retreats, work with specialty groups, etc. for goodness sake, put down the Bhagavad Gita and check out Amy’s 90 Minutes to Change the World website. http://www.amyippoliti.com/event/90-minutes-to-change-the-world-signature-online-course/
There, now you know the secret too.
Love & light.
Chelsea Ray writes:
What a Trip
[quote]Wanderlust, let’s go to that it’s in Whistler” a friend said.[/quote]
I replied, “It’s not a good time for me”, rambling off a few excuses. Well after looking into it, it wasn’t long before I was the one encouraging my friends to buy their tickets in February for Whistler Wanderlust in August. I put it out of my mind till the day before we left, setting my schedule, packing, and starting to get excited. Since I had no idea what to expect my excitement was more in anticipation of spending some quality time with a few great friends and fellow teachers, not as much about what was to come. Next year the excitement will be for what Wanderlust has to offer, my time there was amazing. I never expected this trip to be so powerful; I expected some yoga and dancing but got much more.
There is truly something special about a group of people coming together with the purpose to better themselves and, I know it sounds lofty but, better the world. Wanderlust offers its attendees the chance to practice with world renowned instructors, speakers, and musicians. What makes it different from other conferences or festivals is the underlying theme of love, hope for a better world, a better self, and passion for making changes that is cultivated through the instructors, musicians, and attendees alike.
People were open, friendly, the atmosphere was fun, and upbeat, plus you couldn’t get a more beautiful back drop for it; the mountains of Whistler B.C.. The yoga was top notch, I learned from every class, noticing that every teacher had their own essence and while not one of them was the same as the other I loved them all. Reminding me that no matter how much I study with other teachers as I cultivate myself as a teacher my teaching must come from within me not replicating what I was taught but instead use it, live it, and expand on it till it is my own.
Sure I learned some good alignment, cool new poses and sequences, but what I will never forget about my first Wanderlust is the endless capacity we have to love, open up, and feel.
Thank you Wanderlust and you 7 special ladies that shared this time with me.
Hope to see you there next year!